Myanmar learns from Iloilo’s CDD experience

ILOILO – Twelve officials from the government of Myanmar studied the local practices that led to the successful implementation of two notable community-driven development projects of the national government here.

These two projects were the water system sub-project in Barangays Barrido and Puente Bunglas in Ajuy and repair of school buildings in Barangay Poblacion North-West and South East in Lemery.

It was implemented under Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS), a community-driven development program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Burmese officials were from the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar. They arrived in Iloilo City on July 26 and will to return to their home country by today, July 28.

They had a dialogue with the stakeholders involved in the project last July 27 in Ajuy and Lemery.

“It was a learning visit. They are primarily interested on the experiences of the local government units, the communities that made the project happened and other partners involved,” said KALAHI-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Belen P. Gebusion.

Gebusion, along with other staff from DSWD Regional Office 6, assisted the delegates during their recent courtesy visit to the Office of the Governor.

Under KALAHI-CIDSS, communities and their respective local government units are trained to choose, design and implement sub-projects that aim to address their most pressing needs (e.g. lack of basic infrastructure).

Once the projects are complete, a comprehensive assessment or monitoring of impact is held to ensure its sustainability. (END)


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